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Professional Misconduct

Paul Stewart Woods


Address: NSW, Australia
Sex: Male
Occupation: Chiropractor
Date: 24 May 2013


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The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted Mr Paul Stewart Woods regarding his conduct towards four patients while practising as a chiropractor at Narrabri. The Commission alleged that Mr Woods made sexual advances to patients during treatment sessions and touched patients in a manner that had no clinical justification and sent inappropriate text messages to patients.


The Chiropractic Tribunal heard extensive evidence and, where it differed, said it had “considered each occasion on which the evidence of each of the patients differs from that of the Respondent and has formed the view that on each occasion the Tribunal is reasonably satisfied with the evidence of the patient and is not reasonably satisfied with the evidence of the Respondent”.


On 20 December 2012, the Tribunal found professional misconduct proven. On 21 May 2013, the Tribunal made appropriate protective orders. The Tribunal reprimanded Mr Woods and suspended him for a period of three months. When the suspension expires, Mr Woods is allowed to practise after he has provided the Chiropractic Council of NSW with a report from his treating psychologist and general practitioner stating that he is fit to practise as a chiropractor. Once he resumes work as a chiropractor, for a period of two years, he is required to:



  • provide a copy of the Tribunal’s decisions to any person working in his practice who provides a health service, or to any employer

  • have a mentor approved by the Chiropractic Council

  • complete a formal education course in ethics

  • employ at least a receptionist or chiropractic assistant to be present at all times that he is attending to patients

  • not supervise any other registered health practitioner.